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Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 250

Introduction to Linguistics

A1 Barnes TR 11-12:30 LSE B01
S1 Orman F 9-10 KCB 201
S2 Orman F 10-11 KCB 201
S3 Grillo F 11-12 KCB 201
S4 Valleau F 12-1 KCB 201
S5 Valleau F 1-2 KCB 201
S6 Orman F 2-3 KCB 201
S7 Grillo F 1-2 COM 109
S8 Grillo F 9-10 TBA
Study of the fundamental properties that all languages share, and of how languages differ, with respect to structure (sound system, word formation, syntax), expression of meaning, acquisition, variation, and change; cultural and artistic uses of languages; comparison of oral, written, and signed languages. [Prereq: none]
  • Students signing up for CAS LX 250 A1 should also sign up for one of the Friday discussion sections.
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Critical Thinking

CAS LX 320

Language, Race, and Gender

A1 Erker MWF 10-11 CAS 324
Do women talk differently from men? How do race and ethnicity relate to the way people use language? This course examines these inter-related questions from the perspective of modern sociolinguistic theory, analyzing a range of languages and communities throughout the world. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]

CAS LX 374

The Structure of French: Syntax

A1 Neidle MWF 12-1 CAS 323A
(Conducted in French) After an introduction to some of the main features of the sentence structure of French (with occasional excursions into Quebecois), attention will be focused on a number of specific topics in French syntax: e.g., the position of the finite and non-finite verb, formation of questions and relative clauses, different types of subject-verb inversion, quantifier floating and the position of subjects, negation, the behavior of clitic pronouns, imperative and causative constructions, right and left dislocation, as well as the relationship between specific syntactic constructions and intonation.
  • The class will be "hands-on", with sets of data presented for students to analyze and reflect upon (in class and in homework assignments).
  • Readings will include articles by the most interesting and influential French linguists.
  • Students will also engage in independent lilbrary research on a topic of interest.
[Prereq: One French course at the CAS LF 300 level or higher, and CAS LX 250 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. ]
[Meets with GRS LX 674; Also offered as CAS LF 502]
Note: This course cannot substitute for CAS LX 522 Syntax I for major or minor requirements. It does satisfy Linguistics major requirements for linguistic analysis of a specific language. It also counts as one of the four electives for the French Studies major; as an elective for the Linguistics minor; or as one of the six courses required for a French minor.

CAS LX 500

Topics in Linguistics: Language, Linguistics, and the Law

A1 Plaster MW 3-4:30 CAS 326
Introduction to Forensic Linguistics and the application of linguistics to the language of law. Topics include: the nature of legal language, how it is used and interpreted, use of linguistics in the courtroom, and linguistic evaluation of legal evidence. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]

CAS LX 502

Semantics I

web A1 Hagstrom TR 3:30-5 CAS 226
Semantics is the study of linguistic meaning. In this course, we will examine meaning from a variety of perspectives, including: how it is encoded in words and sentences, how native speakers interpret language, and how truth and falsehood can emerge from the complexity of the grammar. We will also touch on various aspects of pragmatics - the function of meaning in a communicative setting. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

CAS LX 522

Syntax I

A1 Hagstrom TR 11-12:30 CAS 216
Introduction to the logical structure and organization of language, and to generative theory. Application of principles of syntactic analysis to students' own and other languages through data-oriented problems from different language types. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

CAS LX 525


A1 Barnes TR 2-3:30 KCB 103
Exploration of the melodic and rhythmic aspects of the languages of the world. Emphasis on theoretical and experimental approaches to cross-linguistic typology. Specific topics include: syllables and syllable-weight, rhythm and speech timing; stress and metrics; tone and intonation. [Prereq: CAS LX 510 Phonetics or consent of instructor.]
Related courses at BU
Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS AN 524

Seminar: Language and Culture Contacts in Contemporary Africa

A1 Ngom MWF 2-3 COM 210
Concepts and theoretical approaches to study language variation and change in sociolinguistics/linguistic anthropology. This course examines internal and external factors that trigger language variations and changes and the social attitudes associated with them. The nexus between diachronic and synchronic changes will also be reanalyzed in light of the Labovian variationist model. While the course will focus on language variations and changes in Africa, it will draw from existing literature to provide students with a strong foundation on the scholarship in the field of contact linguistics, language variation and change, types of variations, the relationships between these variations and gender, ethnicity, religion, youth culture, and globalization. It will conclude by introducing students to the new field of forensic linguistics (the interface between language, crime and law). Using actual cases from the US and Europe, the use of linguistic features as evidence in criminal investigations, in authorship disputes, and in asylum cases will be examined. The course will consist of lectures and class discussions, practical exercises dealing with issues on language variation and change and their various implications in the 21st century. The course will provide students with the tools necessary to plan and execute studies on language variation and change in the world's speech communities. [Prereq: CAS AN 351 or consent of instructor]

CAS AR 208

Lost Languages and Decipherments

A1 Danti TR 2-3:30 CAS 216
An overview of the archaeology of writing focusing on modern decipherments of ancient texts. Related topics include characteristics of the world's major language families, the nature of linguistic change, and the origin and history of the alphabet.

CAS EN 518

Linguistic Problems in TESOL

A1 Sia T 4-7 CAS 218
Application of linguistic concepts to the teaching of English as a foreign language. Includes description of contemporary English grammatical structures that pose problems for learners and teachers. [Prereq: consent of instructor.]

CAS LJ 510

Structure of the Japanese Language: Syntax

A1 Tsuji F 12-3 STH 319
(Conducted in English) Introduction to Japanese syntax, covering a range of topics including word order, information structure, questions, types of verbs, demonstratives, anaphora, and relative clauses. Close study of Japanese data will also form the basis for comparisons with English and other languages. Lectures and discussions in English with bilingual materials. [Prereq: LX 250 and LJ 112 or 123 (or equivalent placement in Japanese); or consent of instructor.]

CAS LX 508

The Structure of Spanish

A1 Erker MWF 12-1 CAS 325
(Conducted in Spanish) The goal of this course is to introduce students to the structure of the Spanish language, with a focus on its morphology and syntax. We examine the internal structure of words and the inflectional and derivational processes that constrain them. In addition, the course introduces key concepts such as morpheme, affix, grammatical class, linguistic gender, nominalization, and verbalization. We also investigate fundamental principles of syntactic theory and analysis, with an emphasis on the hierarchical relationships among words at the phrasal level. We use naturalistic speech data, collected from around the Spanish-speaking world, to critically examine key assumptions and tools of contemporary syntactic theory, including X-bar theory, binary branching, thematic role assignment, and the concept of the sentence. We give special attention the notion of ungrammaticality as it relates to syntactic and morphological variation and change. [Prereq: One 300-level Spanish course and CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics, or consent of instructor]
[Also offered as CAS LS 508]
  • Note: This course cannot substitute for CAS LX 522 Syntax I for major or minor requirements, although it does count for the Linguistic major requirement of a course on the linguistic analysis of a specific language or as an elective for the Linguistics minor.
  • This course can also satisfy requirements for both the Spanish and the Spanish & Linguistics majors, and it can also count as one of the six courses for the Spanish minor.
  • See http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/UG/spanling.html for further details.

CAS PH 160

Reasoning and Argumentation

A1 Cao MWF 11-12 SHA 110
B1 Webb TR 9:30-11 CAS 203
A systematic study of the principles of both deductive and informal reasoning, calculated to enhance students' actual reasoning skills, with an emphasis on reasoning and argumentation in ordinary discourse.
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings
    • Critical Thinking

SAR SH 505

Introduction to Phonological Disorders

A1 Strand TR 8-9:30 am SAR 300
This course provides an overview of current models of normal and disordered phonological development. Students examine and practice evidenced-based principles and practical applications of assessment, analysis, diagnosis, and remediation approaches and procedures to facilitate critical thinking and problem-solving abilities to apply to working with individuals with a variety of phonological disorders. [Prereq: SAR SH 521 and SH 524 ]

SAR SH 531

Introduction to Communication Disorders

A1 Arunachalam TR 9:30-11 PSY B35
Introduction to various speech and language disorders found across linguistically and culturally diverse populations. Characteristics underlying biological systems and methods for evaluation and treating a variety or communication disorders are examined. Exploration of the professions of speech pathology and audiology